Learning to use Imgur.... My pictures are very large; I will try a smaller size (large Thumbnails):
Is that better?
OK - then it became time to make the pilot seat. This was done with simple plastic sheet, and of course an excellent drawing:
And the finished seat with seat belts made from wine bottle lead wrap.
Barely seen are suspender type bands in the back which served as springs to assist raising and lowering the seat. I found this interesting. Also, I compare the finished seat to the pitiful original part.
A key component in the cockpit (one of many) is the engine control quadrant. The P-47 has a doozie, and it is not defined well on Republic drawings because the unit was provided by another company. Never the less - it is easy to find good pictures on the web, so off I went overdoing it:
Look at all the pushrods! They are in full view, therefore need to be modeled.
It was then time to move forward. The forward floor is actually stepped up from the aft floor (a couple of inches full scale). It is partly done here:
I made it from two layers of .03 sheet, the top layer cut out to provide rudder pedal troughs. Some of you P-47 efficionados will wonder "where are the corrugations". Well - somewhere along the line the corrugations were covered up. This model (the -30) had a smooth floor. The hydraulic lines you see there are for the brakes (the rudder pedals). You will see more with that detail later.
Speaking of rudder pedals, here is the rudder pedal beam, with pedals, brake cylinders, instrument panel support brackets and more. It is mostly but not completely done.
The P-47 (at least the bubbletop versions) had something called an "arch" under the windshield and is quite visible. It served to attach the gunsight and other things like windshield defroster, and along with the rudder pedal beam provided the instrument panel attach brackets. Here it this son-of-a gun:
You will see it installed later and you will say "aha!". It is more important than it looks.
And lastly, here is the beginnings of the all-important instrument panel:
Like I did for my last 1/18 efforts, I drilled holes in the thin plastic sheet using the drill press function of my mini-lathe, with the panel detail sandwiched between thicker plastic. That is the only way I know of to drill large diameter holes in thin sheet and get a clean hole. You see here a large scale layout of the IP in the background.
Also note the instrument bezels (or flanges) are shown on the near side of the panel. Amazingly, from this model (-30) up, including the N-models, the instrument bezels were on the aft face of the panel as I have done here. All prior models had the flanges on the forward face and were therefore hidden! Why?????
You are now up to date. I will post progress as it happens from now on, thanks to Imgur!
Edited by JayW, 25 January 2018 - 10:40 PM.